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Professor & Chair at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
“This is the first day I’ve written in a diary. The reason I am, is ’cos I love writing stories, and if I do grow up to be a famous writer, and later die, and they want to get a story of my life, I guess I should keep a diary.” Nielsen wrote this poorly constructed sentence when she was eleven. And while she isn’t exactly famous (although she likes to think she’s big in Belgium), and no one has written the story of her life, she did predict her future occupation. She got her start writing for the hit TV series Degrassi Junior High and went on to write for more than twenty Canadian shows.
Nielsen is the author of six critically acclaimed and award-winning novels, including the recently published No Fixed Address, Optimists Die First (nominated for the UK’s Carnegie Medal), We Are All Made of Molecules (winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and long-listed for UK’s Carnegie Medal), Word Nerd (winner of multiple young readers’ choice awards) and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, and the UK Literacy Award and #27 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top 40 Best YA Novels” list).
Nielsen has been called the John Green of Canada. She once had a dream that John Green had been called the Susin Nielsen of the United States. Her books have been translated into many languages. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.
Susin presents from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the BCTLA Conference, October 19th at Richmond Senior Secondary School, 7171 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC.
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On August 27, 2018 participants from around the province had the opportunity to explore the importance of oral stories and traditions within the Secwepemc culture (PowerPoint Resource link can be found here). We started our day in the Assembly Hall, where Tk’emlups Councillor Rosanne Casimir welcomed us and shared a welcome song. The administrator of the First Nations Education Council, Judy Dunn, then addressed the group and shared the important history of the space. Kenthen Thomas and Roxane Letterlough immersed guests in the tradition of Aboriginal storytelling by sharing techniques, protocols and connections to family.
Later in the morning, participants toured the Heritage Grounds with Karen Aird and learned more about local plants, ethnobotany, pithouses and Secwepemc culture. Museum Educator, Jackie Jules, took guests through the Secwepemc Museum and the Residential School, sharing the history of the Kamloops Residential School.
In the afternoon, District Principal of Aboriginal Education, Mike Bowden and Library Coordinator, Andrea Wallin welcomed the group back from lunch. School District #73 Teacher-Librarians Nicole Gorman, Melisa Hunter, Kristin Bond and Rick Rhynolds shared their innovation grant project: Transformational Storytelling with Loose Parts. Participants ended the day by learning how to make pine needle medallions with local artisan, Wendy Leonard.
Such an inspiring day of learning, connecting and reflecting does not happen without the hard work of a dedicated team of educators who were willing to give up countless hours to plan and deliver the experience. The BCTLA would like to thank the Kamloops Teacher-Librarian’s Association for an amazing Summer Institute experience!